Hubbs and I met up with another couple to watch Michigan vs. Michigan State play basketball Sunday night.  I can’t say I follow it, but he does and then some;  I’m good with tagging along and enjoying the outing.

Talking to our oldest earlier that day, I asked what his plans were.

Sighing,  he said, “Well this is when I wish I had cable because I’d rather stay home and watch it than go out and spend money I don’t have.”

So you know I invited him to join us.

“Really?”  he asked.

“Sure, we’d love to have you. Come and have a beer and a sandwich on us.”  I said.

“Thanks, Mom. I’ll see you later!”  The excitement in his voice was palpable.

You see, between his work schedule and ours, and him having the little ones regularly, he doesn’t get a lot of time on his own much less with Mom and Dad.

Time without interruption, without tying shoes, bed times or monitoring who got the last of the fruit snax.

Time to talk, time to be heard.  Time to cheer along; time to just be.

Our table brightened when he arrived, pulled up a seat, and settled in to enjoy the game.

In the big scheme of life, it wasn’t anything. But, in its own way, it was everything.

 “When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.  ~The Talmud

me & my  Boo

me & my Boo

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  1. Aw…. I have tears after reading this, MJ. You see, I LOVE spending time with my son so much! Motor Man is such a good step-dad: he often suggests that we invite Marshall to go with us to dinner or on an outing.And that makes my heart happy.
    I’m glad your “boo” was able to join you. I love the pic!

    • aww, Dianna, I knew this one would “get” to you. I am the same way … our plans can’t / don’t always work out to include him or his brother but when they do, this Momma’s heart is overflowing 🙂

      He may be 6″+ but he will always be my “Boo.”

      🙂 MJ

  2. Love this 🙂

  3. Love the picture; you both look so happy. There is nothing better than spending time with your son.
    This pulled on my heart strings!

    • I agree; it was fun for him to have time with his Dad and his buddy and with me and my gf but mostly, mostly it was wonderful to have him right next to me, knowing all was right with the world, even if just for a little while,

  4. How wonderful that you’re close enough in location and in heart to enjoy an evening out together! I’m going to see Alex in a couple of weeks, and my mother’s heart can’t wait. Can’t wait to pamper him with a few new things for his place, and treat him to dinners, and enjoy being in his world for a short while.
    I know from your posts that you often help with the kids, and I’m sure you’re often a respite to your son. And isn’t that what family is all about? Absolutely, yes! ~ Sheila

    • I agree, Sheila, and I don’t take that location thing, lightly. We try to balance it between seeing them too much and him feeling he has his own space (without us in it) to seeing him ENOUGH for my liking :).

      We do help with the kids, and try to be a ‘shelter in the storm’ to them all.

      Your time with Alex is going to be sooooo special, I can just feel it 🙂


  5. Yep, Good call. Hanging out w/ your eldest. I have a relationship w/ my mom just like you seem to have w/ your son. They are always your kids even when they’re 50 yrs old. I am regularly thankful for the open lines of communication we have w/ all of our kids..and I’m sure you are too. DM

    • He’s my boy, and will forever be. It was him and me against the world when I met the Hubbs and there’s always been that unique rapport because of it … And you’re right, they’re still our kids even when they’re much older. Mom still introduces me as her “baby,” I’ll be 50 this year, she’s 82.5 🙂

      I’m glad you have that relationship with your Mom and I’ll bet she’s just as glad 🙂

  6. Sounds like a great evening for everyone there, and Michigan won (bonus!). Great photo.

    • We had a lot of fun and good times and yes — Michigan won 🙂 I can’t claim to have watched even one play .. but it was a great time, nonetheless.

  7. Your son is going through a difficult time in his life. How good it is that he has you to lean on, to relax with, to be free and have some simple fun. What a good feeling it must be to him to be so welcomed to the gathering. You know what’s important – that some of life’s simplest pleasures make up the most important moments.

    • that’s just it, Terri, I remember those days and being so far from my family made it extra challenging. I know it was hard on Mom & Dad that we had such a distance between us .. it made a tough situation tougher. They did what they could and for that I am grateful. But being close enough to hug and encourage can’t be beat 🙂

      and you’re right .. some of life’s simplest pleasures make up life’s greatest moments.

  8. Wonderful pic! It is wonderful to realize your grown children really like you :-).

    • Aww, thank you. I hadn’t thought of it like that. His best day would be golfing with his dad and coming home to our house where I’ve had the kids playing and happy and then all of us making a meal together. 🙂 MJ

  9. Great picture. I like the way winsomebella described it. 🙂

  10. How cool is mom to invite him to a sports event. He looks very happy to be sitting next to you.

    • We had fun — I can’t say I watched much of the game and I probably distracted him too much, too. But, all in all, it was good. 🙂 MJ

  11. Yay! Loved this. The quote at the end is wonderful, too. Having sons, it inspires me to teach them well, so they will (in turn) teach well. You’re doing great, MJ. Glad you had a fun day with “Boo” and the Hubs.

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